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Approaching the Throne Together

Hebrews 4: 14-16 “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

The Storm 

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,  below are three prayer needs in my immediate family.  I ask, that as you read, if the Lord should so impress you to intercede.  I thank you from a heart that we share in His love together.  May He forever be our comfort!

  1. My second youngest daughter MandiLyn (27) had surgery 1 1/2 years ago to remove an ovarian tumor.  Praise the Lord it was a benign membranous growth.  This past August, they found one on her other ovary, much larger.  Since then, I’ve been with her to the OB/GYN and asked if removal was her only option.  The doctor said if Mandi would take birth control pills, the hormones may suppress the ovary, possibly shrinking the mass.  Tomorrow morning she is scheduled for an ultrasound to check and see if the process has worked.  She is a prodigal child, walking the way of the world, and so many times she’s been close to returning to the Lord!  I request prayer first for her heart to return to Christ and secondly that the process worked allowing her to see the Lord’s hand at work (many are/have been praying since August), if that be out Lord’s will.
  2. For those of you who responded to my “Prayer Warriors Needed” request post this past summer  (http://wp.me/p1Ypb1-qp) you will remember I asked prayer for my youngest daughter, Missy (26) who was about to undergo two surgical gynecological procedures after the birth of her second child.  We praised our precious Father and Lord at His tender grace as all went exactly as expected.   Now I  am asking prayer for that second child, dear sweet little JoJo.  Recently Missy noticed that the thumb on her left hand was bent and wouldn’t straighten.  First they took her to an Urgent Care and were told JoJo had “trigger finger”.  Missy made an appointment with JoJo’s primary doctor, who sent her to an orthopedic doctor.  All three doctors gave the same diagnosis, but none gave a reason.  Missy (and Grandma too) did some online research.   This condition usually occurs in the “elderly”, caused by a build up extra tendon/bone tissue and causes arthritis type pain.  The orthopedic doctor said surgery to cut the tendon would fix the problem.  It is interesting though because  JoJo has NO pain!!  Now the other thumb is beginning to show signs of the same problem.  It’s quite possible this is a symptom of an underlying condition.   So Missy and Justin are seeking a another opinion from a pediatric orthopedic specialist.  Missy loves our Lord Jesus and believes He controls everything within our lives.  She knows this will all work together for good!  As a mom of a sweet 2-year-old… it’s the not knowing that she struggles with.  I would ask prayer for the doctor to have wisdom, comfort for Missy’s weariness and  guard little JoJo’s health.
  3. Finally there’s me!  Last August I started physical therapy for neck and right shoulder pain.  Tests showed I have degenerative disc disease and arthritis in C-1, 2 and 3 vertebrae.  My doctor believed with neck traction would relieve some of my constant cervical neck pain.  I thank God my physical therapist is a wonderful Christian man and very knowledgeable.  The 18 visits increased my neck range of motion in some directions by 200%.  Now the right shoulder.  Stretching and at home exercises were supposed to do the trick.  😦  It did not, it actually aggravated the issue, which is now determined to be rotator cuff problems.  It seems all three tendons that attach to the shoulder are involved.  I’ve been in excruciating pain for months… sometimes not sleeping for more than 2 hours at a time.  After Christmas I spent 12 days without a normal night’s sleep.  (FYI)  I can’t use my right arm for anything, but I’ve managed to situate my body so I can type 🙂  Tomorrow, while my Mandi is having her ultrasound on her tumor, I’m having MRI’s of my shoulder.  To add to all this,  clumsy/dizzy Grandma fell Thursday night( Life Line time) and bruised some ribs on my right side.  Not to mention, cuts and others bruises.  I fell into a corner between a cedar chest and a CD rack with plants all around, back up against the wall, legs bent.   “I had fallen and I couldn’t get up.” (My guardian angels kept me from cracking my blooming head open!)  So,  now with the bruised ribs on the left side and rotator cuff issues on the right side, I am a balanced, but damaged, Grandma.  The only thing I ask for me is that nothing is broken or torn (on my body) and for some good restful sleep. 

“A man may study because his brain is hungry for knowledge, even Bible knowledge. But he prays because his soul is hungry for God.”  Author:Leonard Ravenhill

Many thanks in Jesus name…♥ Streim

Posted in Living in Today's World, The Joy of His Love, Time for Sharing

What’s Love Got To Do With It? Pt. 3

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The Beatitudes of Love

Blessed are those who find love everywhere, for they may never be lonely.

Blessed are those who always give love, for they shall always have more to give.

Blessed are those who make it easier for others to love them, for they shall always have plenty of friends.

Blessed are those who always communicate in love, for they are channels of blessing wherever they go.

Blessed are those that bestow healing love, for they may be known as the physicians of the soul.

Blessed are those who ;eave love wherever they go, for the world will be a better place because they lived.

Blessed are those who love to work, for theirs is the kingdom of service.

Blessed are those who share, for theirs is the kingdom of joy everywhere.

Blessed are those who love to wait, for theirs is the kingdom of patience.

Blessed are those that love to praise others, for theirs is the kingdom of appreciation.

Blessed are those who put others first, for theirs is the kingdom of humility.

Blessed are those who love to be courteous, for theirs is the kingdom of good manners.

Blessed are those who love God first, and above all, for theirs is the kingdom of right relationship to God and people.

Blessed are love Jesus Christ, for they share His tender compassion on the whole world.

Blessed are those who love and receive the Holy Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of holiness.

Blessed are those who practice love in relation to all people at all times, for theirs is the kingdom of intimate kindness.

Blessed are those who plan to practice love always, for they shall live in the house of love and dwell in the city of God for ever. (Thomas Albert Carruth/1975)

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Jude 21 “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

1 Timothy 1:5 “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

Posted in Listening To God, Living in Today's World, Time for Sharing

Prepare…Don’t Panic…Pray

One the greatest battle grounds for a Christian is SELF!  We are warned many times in the Word that following the desires of self;  whether it be the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes or the pride of life,  we are walking on very dangerous ground.  Sometimes even the slightest “self” things get in the way of having an abundant day with our Father and Lord Jesus.  Here’s a short fictional, yet practical example of what I mean.

Me: God, can I ask you a question?

GOD: Sure.

Me: Promise you won’t get mad?

GOD: I promise.

Me: Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?

GOD: What do you mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late.

GOD: Yes.

Me: My car took forever to start.

GOD: Okay.

Me: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait.

GOD: Hmmm.

Me: On the way home my phone went dead just as I picked up a call.

GOD: Okay.

Me: And on top of all that, when I got home I just wanted to soak my feet in my new foot message and relax, but it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

GOD: Well, let me see. The Death Angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me: (humbled): OH…

GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

GOD: The person who made your first sandwich today was sick and I didn’t want you to catch what he has.
I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.

Me: (embarrassed): Ok…

GOD: Your phone went dead because the person who was calling was going to give false witness about what you said during that call. I didn’t even let you talk to them so that you would be covered.

Me: (softly) I see, God.

GOD: Oh, and that foot message had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m sorry God.

GOD: Don’t be sorry, just learn to trust me in all things, the good and the bad.

Me: I will trust you.

GOD: And don’t doubt that MY plan for your day is always better than your plan.

Me: I won’t, God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

GOD: You’re welcome, child. It was just another day being your God, and I love looking after my children.

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Psalm 25: 10 “All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”

Psalm 33:4 “For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.”